Why are Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) important in education? Problems facing the nation and the world today are complex, and solutions require critical thinking and problem solving skills. The need for people in STEM careers continues to grow, while the number of students graduating American universities with degrees in STEM disciplines is falling. Not only do we need scientists and engineers to develop solutions, but now more than ever, the American people need critical thinking skills to wade through and assess the onslaught of information just to make informed decisions.

Decisions on complex problems such as the environment, health care, national defense and the economy demand a knowledgeable public. Clearly, all Americans need basic critical thinking and problem-solving skills, which are fundamental in a STEM curriculum.

What is the state STEM education in the US? There is rising interest in providing STEM educational opportunities nationwide, however, the current educational system is not equipped to meet the need. We are not “getting there” fast enough. There are groups of people and organizations like Tech Matters offering specific programs to small groups; however, these individual efforts are not enough. Important questions must be answered such as: Can we combine efforts to maximize our effectiveness and expand our reach? What is the best way to organize and deploy a combined solution? How do we attract essential funding to ensure we reach even the most in need?

Who is Tech Matters, and what are they doing to promote STEM? Tech Matters was founded and is run by Marka Ormsby and Robin Daniel. We work with schools and businesses to create fertile environments to cultivate new ideas and experiences that promote critical thinking.

Click here to explore Tech Matters’ STEM Initiative

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